• Joanne Willis, RHN

The Cellulite Fight

All you ladies out there know that you don’t have to be overweight to have cellulite!

So if it is not just our weight that determines if we are going to develop this wonderful, “cottage cheese” condition, then what is it?

Estrogen dominance and other hormonal imbalances!

Estrogen dominance has been linked to numerous conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, heavy or painful menstruation, ovarian cysts/PCOS, infertility, stubborn weight gain and even some forms of cancer but who knew it might also be the culprit behind cellulite?

The good news however is that we can fight this battle and win!

If you experience a number of the following symptoms, you may be prone to estrogen dominance and would benefit from making some significant and specific changes to your diet and lifestyle to help regulate those hormone levels:

  • Anxiety/depression

  • Asthma or other allergic reaction to airborne or food allergies

  • Severe fatigue

  • Muscle pain

  • Thinning hair on the head and increased hair elsewhere on the body

  • Memory issues

  • Skin conditions

  • Weight management issues

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or Fibromyalgia

As I mentioned before, it is believed that the major underlying causes of cellulite is estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance is caused by several factors related to both diet and lifestyle.

Let's take a look at the dietary factors first...

The appearance of cellulite is caused due to an increase in the size of our fat cells. The size of our fat cells is partly predicted by our genetics but is also heavily reliant on how much fat we store in our fat cells over time.

The best way to prevent cellulite in the first place and to reduce the appearance of cellulite as we age is to balance our hormones so we naturally burn fat for energy rather than storing it in our fat cells as a result of chronically excessive levels of glucose (high blood sugar levels).

And how we do that is by making sure we eat certain foods in a way that stabilizes our blood sugar throughout each day rather than causing blood sugar spikes and crashes.

The hormones we are talking about specifically in relation to blood sugar are insulin and glucagon. Insulin is produced when our blood sugar levels are too high in order to restore a healthy balance.

But unfortunately insulin promotes fat storage. Insulin also promotes high levels of bad estrogen leading to estrogen dominance.

Glucagon is our fat burning hormone and will only remain high if insulin levels are kept low. They act like a see-saw. Only one can be down if the other is up.

When we have consistently stable blood sugar levels we are able to sustain our natural energy for longer, reduce our cravings for sugary, starchy carbs and program our body to burn fat for energy instead of storing it.

So if we are not storing it, we are not causing our fat cells to expand. You see once our fat cells expand and are forced to stay that way for a significant period of time, they don't just shrink back to their original size easily.

Plus, a high intake of sugary, starchy carbohydrates also leads to water retention which can make the appearance of cellulite even worse!

So if you haven't already guessed it, it is vitally important that we focus on a diet loaded with clean, wholefoods and limited on sugary, starchy carbohydrates in order to reduce our blood-sugar spikes and levels of insulin and to stop retaining water.

It is also important that we eat our clean, wholefoods in the right balance. This is where macronutrient-balancing and proper food combining comes into play to help balance out our metabolic hormones responsible for blood-sugar stability.

In short, each meal and snack you eat MUST contain a healthy carbohydrate (ie; fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes) WITH either a healthy compete protein (ie; meat, fish, eggs, hemp seed, rice and bean combinations) AND/OR a healthy essential fat (ie; avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, walnuts, almonds, sardines).

Now as I mentioned before, our hormone levels, especially estrogen are impacted not just by diet but also by our lifestyle...

If you are inactive and lead a sedentary lifestyle, you are more likely to experience cellulite as you are limiting the circulation of your blood and oxygen levels; both of which help to stabilize hormone levels.

Another important consideration you need to make (that is becoming more and more of a concern in our modern era) is your exposure to what is called "xenoestrogens".

Xenoestrogens are toxins in our environment and in our food that mimic dangerous estrogen in our body leading to excessive estrogen levels....or estrogen dominance.

Here is a link to a list of common xenoestrogens that we come into contact with on a regular basis. Start today and try to make lifestyle changes to limit your exposure to these xenoestrogens so you can start to balance out your estrogen levels.

Using the methodology I teach in "The Clean Lean & Serene Method 12 Week Hormone Balancing Weight Loss Programme" I have been educating, coaching and supporting clients for over 12 years to naturally balance their hormones in order to naturally and sustainably lose fat, increase their energy and improve the health of their body on the inside and well as on the outside.

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